Dunoon (Dłn Obhainn in Gaelic) is a resort town situated on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland.
It sits on the Firth of Clyde to the south of Holy Loch and to the west of Gourock.
Dunoon Pier originated in 1835 however, the current structure was built in 1895 Prior to the late 1960s
fleets of paddle steamers brought holidaymakers doon the watter from Glasgow to it and numerous other piers on the Clyde.
Until June 2011, the pier was used daily by Caledonian MacBrayne who ran a regular car-ferry service to Gourock and by the PS Waverley, the last surviving sea-going paddle steamer .
Overlooking the pier is a large statue to Robert Burns' love Highland Mary, also known as Bonny Mary O' Argyll,
which is located on Castle Hill, just below the remains of the 12th century Dunoon Castle. Very little remains of the castle, which would originally have belonged to the Lamont family
but became a royal castle with the Earls of Argyll (Campbells) as hereditary keepers, paying a nominal rent of a single red rose to the sovereign, presently Queen Elizabeth.
In earlier times, Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed at the castle circa 1563 and granted several charters during her visit. The castle was destroyed during the rebellion in 1685.
In the spring of 2005, Dunoon seafront received a new breakwater, located just to the south of the main pier.
Dunoon is accessible by both land and sea routes.
The town lies near the southern end of the A815 road.
At its northernmost point, near Cairndow, this road joins the A83 and provides access to the town by road from Loch Lomond and Glasgow.
There are two ferry operators who provide a fast and frequent service from Gourock to Dunoon. Local company, Western Ferries, carries motor vehicles and passengers.
They ply the McInroy's Point-to-Hunters Quay route, whilst David MacBrayne Ltd subsidiary, Argyll Ferries run a passenger only service from Gourock pier to Dunoon breakwater.
At Gourock Pier, a First ScotRail train service provides access to the national rail network via the Inverclyde Line.
Public transport within Dunoon and the surrounding area is provided under Government subsidy by bus and coach operator West Coast Motors.
The West Coast Motors 486 service provides a regular return journey from Dunoon town centre to Inveraray, where it connects with a Scottish Citylink service onward to Campbeltown and Oban.
McGill's Bus Services operate service 907, a frequent coach service from Dunoon to Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station. The service travels aboard the Western Ferries crossing and operates via Greenock and Braehead Shopping Centre.
The Queen's Hall is the town's major multi-function hall complex.
Situated at the head of the pier and built in 1958, the building houses four function suites and a large main hall.
The main hall houses a full working stage with professional sound and lighting equipment and in recent years it has attracted popular bands such as Pink Floyd, Blur, The Saw Doctors, David Gray. Morrissey and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, among others.
Castle Toward, built in 1820 and formerly owned by the Lamont clan, is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) south of the town.
It is now used as an outdoor education centre.
The arboretum at Benmore Botanic Garden, part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is situated 7 miles (11 km) north of the town just before Loch Eck.
The garden, formerly a private garden for the Younger family, is now open to the public.
Its 150 acres (0.61 km2) feature some of the tallest trees in Britain, including an avenue of Giant Redwoods, some of which are over 120 feet (37 m) high.
In recent years, Dunoon has returned as a 'doon the watter' destination.
Throughout the era of the paddle-steamer, residents of Scotland's largest city enjoyed the freedom offered by a short trip down (doon) the Clyde to Dunoon and helped to develop its resort status.
As with the rest of the British Isles and Scotland, Dunoon experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters.
It is an exceptionally wet part of the country, particularly so for place near sea level, with annual average rainfall totals nearing 2,400mm per year.
The closest MetOffice weather station is at Benmore Botanic Gardens, around 7 miles north of the town centre.
Recorded temperature extremes since 1960 range from 29.6 °C (85.3 °F) during July 1983 to as low as ��.9 °C (7.0 °F) during January 1982
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